Mr Reid (Principal) and Mr Killoran (Deputy Principal) would like to thank Monaghan Lions Club for their generous donation of laptops to the school. The laptops supplied from McArdle Computers Monaghan will be a great support to students during online teaching and learning. Thanks to Pascal at Monaghan Education Centre for coordinating.
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD confirmed that Leaving Certificate 2021 examinations will proceed click here for timetable and students will also have the alternative option of applying for grades accredited by the State Examinations Commission (SEC), to be known as SEC-Accredited Grades.
This decision follows intensive engagement with education stakeholders bilaterally and through the Planning for State Examinations 2021 Advisory Group and sub-group.
This decision ensures for every student a method to assess their learning and attainment at the end of their post-primary education and to progress to higher and further education, and the world of work.
Putting in place both the examination and a corresponding measure of SEC-Accredited Grades is essential to ensuring a fair system, having regard to the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic and the loss of learning that has occurred for this group of students due to the interruption of in-person teaching and learning during the periods of school closure.
The timetable for the written examinations in June will be published tomorrow by the State Examinations Commission.
For those choosing to take the Leaving Certificate exams, oral examinations will be held during the Easter vacation or shortly after. Coursework will proceed in subjects where these form a normal part of the examination. Additional time will be provided by the SEC for completion of this work. In some subjects the holding of practical examinations will not be possible given public health considerations and this will be advised as soon as possible. Details of revised schedules will be issued to schools in the coming weeks.
The Minister’s strongly held view is that students must be afforded the choice as to whether to sit the examinations, including the oral and coursework components, as it would be entirely unfair to students to require them to participate in these elements, given the disruption in learning which has occurred. The oral and coursework components of the examinations will not form part of the Accredited Grade process.
Further details and guidance on both processes will be provided to schools and students and publicised widely over the coming weeks, as these become available.
Minister Foley said: “The Government has today approved a plan which was developed during intensive engagement by my Department with education stakeholders, students, parents, teacher unions, school management bodes and the State Examinations Commission, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the Higher Education Authority and representatives of higher education, to ensure a fair process so that Leaving Certificate students can progress to the next stage of their lives.
“All stakeholders have worked extremely hard to get to this point. I have listened carefully to all, and we have worked together to find solutions. Students and parents have been clear on the need for both clarity and choice which I believe his decision gives them.
“As requested by the student representatives we explored thoroughly the option of providing the SEC-Accredited Grades to students in advance of the written examinations, but this option is not possible.
“I am conscious that many students are concerned that they have not covered the full curriculum for their subjects in class, due to the interruption of in-person learning caused by the pandemic.
“Everyone wants a system that is fair and that provides the opportunity for real progression for students.
“I want to thank sincerely all the stakeholders involved in the Advisory Group process, and I look forward to continuing to work together over the coming months in further developing and implementing these plans.”
All aspects of staging the examinations will be guided by public health advice and schools will be supported and given clear guidance on the staging of the examinations.
The holding of the examinations in November last year, even with a relatively small group of students, has provided valuable experience and insights that will be applied in the coming written examinations.
The results of the Leaving Certificate 2021 process will issue to students within the required timeframe for CAO admission to higher and further education. The Department will engage with the Department of Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science in this regard. The results will also issue within the timeframe currently required by UCAS.
Junior Cycle Examinations
The Junior Cycle examinations will not be run in 2021. Schools will be provided with guidance on continuing to engage this year group in online learning and assessment during the period of school closure and through in-person learning when schools re-open.
COVID-19 and Verification of Religion: Acceptable Alternatives
Please do not travel unnecessarily to complete the verification of religion process.
If you have applied previously to the SEC, please note this on your application form and we will verify your religion using the contact details you supplied for your minister last year.
For new applicants or applicants who have changed congregation since last year, please use one of the following alternatives:
Post: you can post the Verification of Religion page to your church leader.
The church leader can sign and post the Verification of Religion back to you.
Put the signed Verification of Religion with your supporting documents when you are completing Step 3 of the application process: posting the supporting documents.
The church leader should not post the Verification of Religion directly to the SEC, it must be returned to you first.
Electronic: Scan/photograph the Verification of Religion page and email to your church leader.
We recommend that your church leader use the ‘fill and sign’ option in Adobe and return it by email to you. Alternatively, they can print, sign and return a scan of it to you.
If sending your Verification of Religion to us by email to email@example.com please include your certificate number in the subject line. This is the 8 digit number beginning 100….. Email received without a certificate code will be deleted and not processed.
If you are having any difficulties completing the application process due to the current public health restrictions, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important SEC Grant Information
Deadline for the online application process is midnight 15th January 2021. Application and verification documents are to be submitted by the 15th February 2021. For clarification on the application process consult www.secgrant.ie or email email@example.com.
For technical support contact: support:@secgrant.ie.
If you require support from the School’s Administration team please email: mcsadministrator@
Remote teaching & learning will commence for each year group from Monday 11th January. As was the case last March our main platform will be Google Classroom and each teacher will decide on the best way to deliver their subject to your child that promotes maximum student engagement (Live Classes,
recorded tutorials, weekly assignments etc…).
School will be open on Monday 11th January between 10am & 4pm, for students to collect books/learning material from their lockers if required.
For any student who requires a chromebook to access remote teaching &
learning, please contact Mr Lovett by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are asked to check their school emails and Google Classroom regularly
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion have announced that the school Christmas break will be extended by three days, with schools re-opening on Monday 11 January.
Minister Foley said: “It is a key objective of Government that our children and school staff can attend school safely. This has been achieved through the valiant efforts of all members of the school community, and the additional supports put in place. The Government has considered carefully the public health data analysis regarding schools, which is hugely reassuring and shows that schools continue to be safe places.
“The Christmas school break will be extended for three additional days to 11 January. This will allow every member of the school community to follow public health advice closely and minimise their contacts before children return to school.
“Children, young people and their parents and school communities have been extremely responsible to date in ensuring that they follow the public health guidelines. It is really important that everyone continues to do this, so that we can all support the safe operation of our schools.